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Beyond Penn's Treaty

Account of I. Coates, J. Sharpless, & J. Pierce, visits to Indian Reservation, NY

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After a short conference on the weighty business,
we were embarked in, we proceeded up the river, not
without some exercise of mind, and would have been
glad, could we have sent a messenger forward to in-
form the Chiefs of our coming, but this was out of
our power, for none of the Indians we met with could
talk English: we therefore moved forward with our minds
attentive to best directions.

When we came in sight of the town, many Indians
appeared in view looking toward us. Our guide turned
into the first cabin he came to, and would go no fur-
ther, but pointed to Cornplanter

's house. We paid him
one dollar, and moved forward, and presently saw the
Chiefs coming toward us: and on our riding up and
alighting, they appeared to welcome us with open
countenances. We did not know Cornplanter,
nor could we distinguish him by his dress, but
shaking hands with one who stood foremost, we
asked if he was Cornplanter. He informed us
in his way that he was. After shaking hands
with all, we were invited to his house, which
differed from others only in being larger.

We took the saddles off our horses, carried in
our baggage, and being seated, Cornplanter

, his
son Henry, and several others came in and sat down.

This son Henry

had an English education in
and about Philadelphia, and interpreted for us.
His father can neither speak nor understand